Wade, Maxwell star as Aussies score 5-186

Virat Kohli was denied a key review as Matthew Wade marched Australia to a total of 5-186 in their Twenty20 series finale against India, entertaining a bumper SCG crowd.

Wade, who top-scored with 58 on Sunday night, led the way again with a fluent knock of 80 on Tuesday.

Wade whacked two sixes, while Glenn Maxwell rode his luck as he belted 54 in typically audacious style.

It came as a near-capacity crowd spilled into the iconic venue, marking the first major sporting event since the NSW government relaxed restrictions on crowd sizes.

Aaron Finch returned from his glute injury, recording a second-ball duck and ending Wade’s one-game stint as stand-in skipper.

But the hosts’ decision to retain Wade at the top of the order ahead of D’Arcy Short proved a masterstroke, with Australia’s T20 wicketkeeper marching to his half-century in 34 balls.

Wade was closing in on a maiden ton when he was trapped lbw by Shardul Thakur in the 19th over.

The 32-year-old’s innings could easily have ended in the 11th over, when he was on 50 and Australia were 2-86.

Umpires Rod Tucker and Gerard Abood initially accepted India’s belated referral of an lbw shout, which came after a replay flashed on the scoreboard and the mandated 15-second period for consideration had expired.

Wade, who would have been given his marching orders if the review proceeded, immediately objected.

“Referred it!? It’s on the big screen,” Wade argued.

Third umpire Paul Wilson was already onto it before the ball-tracking replay was available, telling his on-field colleagues there were “replays on the big screen, it’s a null and void review”.

Kohli had a long chat with Tucker and Abood then shook his head as he walked away.

Kohli’s mood would not have improved as he burned both reviews trying to remove Maxwell, who was also given three chances.

The switch-hitting superstar was dropped on 38 and 53, while he was on 19 when KL Rahul gleefully accepted a skied edge off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Maxwell was recalled as Chahal celebrated, with replays revealing the tweaker had overstepped.

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